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Birmingham Improv Festival is offering a placement for a freelance assistant to the Festival Director.

We are offering a fixed-term Self-employed contract. Total fee: £2000

Birmingham Improv festival is a biennial festival (apart from the Covid hiatus) aiming to bring the best improv companies and performers in the UK and beyond to Birmingham audiences.

Who is this Placement for?

This placement will offer a fantastic opportunity for a young person under the age of 30, interested in arts management.  You may be a student, someone already working in this area or project/event management, or someone who has a passion for the arts and would like to explore new opportunities.

What will the successful candidate gain from this placement opportunity?

  • To work in a positive, creative environment for a critically acclaimed improv festival, funded by Arts Council England.
  • Experience in planning and producing an improv festival and related events including:
    • Assisting in planning, admin, contracting, and producing
    • Networking opportunities with creative people in the arts industry
    • Assisting in the management and organisation of volunteers
    • The opportunity to attend the festival and take part in its running
  • Reference at the end of the placement

What the role will involve

This is a part-time, freelance, mostly remote-working role, starting immediately, and equating to roughly one day per week leading up to, and during, the festival dates – September 28th /29th/30th (evenings), October1st/ 2nd (all day) – at Midlands Arts Centre. It is essential that you are available to attend in person on these dates.

We are offering a fixed-term Self-employed contract. Total fee: £2000

The successful candidate will assist the festival director in all aspects of producing and managing the festival, including outreach work.

Necessary skills:

  • Excellent IT literacy – Microsoft Word, Excel etc, (or equivalents)
  • Able to work remotely – own PC and internet
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively
  • Active interest in the performing arts
  • Interest in improvised theatre and comedy a bonus, but not essential

How to Apply

Please provide CV complete with 2 references, and a cover email detailing the reasons for your interest, what you will bring to the post, and what you hope to learn.  Send them to

Closing date for applications is midnight on June 1st.  Interviews will be on Saturday June 11th.

We actively seek and encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Birmingham Improv C.I.C. is a community interest company that creates shows and workshops for anyone in and around Birmingham interested in learning, practicing, playing and watching Comedy and Theatre Improvisation.